As centres for logistics activities, seaports have traditionally been the focus of maritime logistics chains. However, changes in production patterns, supported by the development of rapid transport of goods over long distances, have altered the logistics landscape. As a result, the relevance of port hinterland transport has become more important, with a consequent need for the high utilisation of transport resources and infrastructure through the consolidation of cargo flows and for seaports to extend their influence within their hinterlands to increase their competitiveness. The development worldwide of inland ports, terminals and dryports in their various forms, together with associated new functions and strategies, address these challenges in diverse ways to realise the potential benefits that come from the successful implementation of inland ports that connect seamlessly into transportation systems. This book comprises case studies and state-of-the-art examples of dryports in different parts of the world that have varying economic, social, institutional and environmental realities and which exhibit the complexity of, and diverse approaches to, this recent logistics phenomenon.
'Ports are again moving upstream, into the hinterland where the whole thing started centuries ago. From waterfront bottlenecks, ports, or rather dryports, are now becoming crucial nodes in global supply chains. This book is a primer for everyone with an interest in modern cargo transport systems. The competence of the authors and the profound expertise of its three editors guarantee that this book will remain on the top of our desk for years to come.' H.E. Haralambides, Center for Maritime Economics and Logistics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands 'Dry Ports - A Global Perspective adds significant value to existing literature on inland freight terminals and embodies a long-awaited, creative synthesis of the state of the art in the field. Building on an effective, modern and collective intelligence approach to open innovation, and benefiting from the contribution of the most current thinking from researchers and practitioners alike, this book will soon become a classic reference in the field of transport logistics. It is an impressive, riveting and most rewarding piece of work.' José MarÃa Rubiato, UNCTAD, Geneva